Gilbert: LeBron is top offseason priority

Updated: May 24, 2006, 5:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took out full-page advertisements in the region's biggest newspapers Wednesday and assured the basketball faithful that re-signing LeBron James is the team's top priority.

The James-led Cavaliers ended their playoff run Sunday in a 79-61 Game 7 loss to Detroit.

Gilbert spent $25,000 to publish the thank-you letter to Cavaliers fans in The Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal. His note also outlined summer improvement plans for the team, including that "opportunity to re-sign a key player [I think you know his name] or two."

On July 1, the Cavaliers can offer James a five-year, $75 million deal that would lock him up through the 2011-12 season.


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